The Indian side retained the test mace for the third consecutive year. Ruling in whites, India is placed at the top of the rankings with 116 points. It is to be noted that India hasn’t even lost a test series at home since 2012-13. Last year, though the side couldn’t win the series in Southafrica and England, Mission Australian down under was accomplished successfully.
India will be awarded a prize money of one million dollars for their performance. This is indeed a great achievement for captain Kohli who has been one of the chief architects behind this successful stint.
Speaking on the same Virat Kohli said “Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings. We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format
On the other hand, New Zealand the second-ranked side will receive $ 5,00,000 from the ICC. The side has done exceptionally well after their win against Pakistan at UAE. Youngsters like Jeet Raval and Henry Nicholls have showcased their skills on the bigger stage and the skipper is extremely happy for their efforts.
Kane Williamson said “It’s an awesome achievement for our side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings and as a team, we should be very proud. It’s come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff
The details regarding the presentation ceremony is yet to be announced ICC.
ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 1 April 2019):